What is a Good Idea?

, , | Colin Dawson

Do you ever feel frustrated because your Modlettes are starting to look the same as, same as!

How would you like to have some new ideas to put more zing in the secret sauce?

Some fresh ingredients to make the menu more enticing

A kitchen garden where you pick fresh ideas to excite the palates of your learners.

A good idea is at the sweet spot of what you feel excited about in your training presentation.  What sparks the learner’s interest, because it helps them remember new ideas, or improve their performance.

The Four Categories of Good Learning Ideas

Good learning ideas usually fall into one of 4 categories.

  1. Goals and aims your ideal learner wants to achieve
  2. Problems your ideal learner wants to solve and fears that stop them from taking action to solve those problems
  3. Questions your ideal learner wants to get answered
  4. Resources your ideal learner is looking for . . . resources, include examples, checklists, trends, predications, quotes, and any other collection that inspires your ideal learner and helps improve their life.

Here’s some examples from Daniella . . .   (see last week’s post- Learner Dialogue

  1. Goals and aims

Daniella helps her ideal learner Nigel (and other similar learners) use visuals to communicate ideas so he can engage and inspire his audience.  Specifically:

  • How to use drawings to explain your ideas to your boss
  • How to use simple drawings to show technical aspects with more clarity
  • How to create PowerPoint slides that keep your audience’s attention

2. Problems and Fears

Daniella’s ideal learner Nigel wants to solve his problem of giving boring technical presentations, and he worries he is too left brained to engage his audience.  You can turn these into Modlettes:

  • How to make simple illustrations, even if you don’t feel creative
  • 7 reasons why PowerPoints can be boring
  • How to present with confidence, even if worrying you’re too boring.

To get started your own brainstorming session, think about your ideal learner and which problems you can help to solve and which fears you can take away.

3. Questions

Nigel has a lot of questions Daniella can answer for him.  For instance:

  • How many slides do I need for a 20-minute presentation?
  • Why do simple drawings work so well?
  • Is PowerPoint better than Prezi?

To brainstorm questions that your ideal learner might ask, consider the various types of questions such as:

  • What, what if, dare you, should you, what’s the difference between . . . and . . .?
  • Is . . . or . . . better?
  • When, How, Where, Who and Why?

4. Helpful Resources

This last category includes resources that inspire your ideal learner and can help improve their lives and job satisfaction.

For instance, Daniella could help Nigel with:

  • 5 colour palettes for better Excel graphs
  • A PowerPoint template for communicating trouble shooting ideas
  • 7 inspirational quotes for anyone who wants to be a better presenter.

To come up with ideas, consider which resources would be helpful to your ideal learner.

Today’s learners are a new generation who have very little time and a serious dedication to their mobile devices.  Boring training very quickly gets the “move on” button.  So, keep searching for those ideas that will engage your ideal learner.

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To come up with ideas, consider which resources would be helpful to your ideal learner.

Today’s learners are a new generation who have very little time and a serious dedication to their mobile devices.  Boring training very quickly gets the “move on” button.  So, keep searching for those ideas that will engage your ideal learner.

Take the free trial at www.modlettes.com

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